Hartlage Falls in Tourney but Picks Up Award
Lauren Hartlage's run at the 118th Women's North and South Amateur came to a close yesterday when she lost in the second round to Emilia Migliaccio 3&1. Migliaccio went on to lose in the Sweet Sixteen to sixth-ranked Haylin Harris pretty handily, so whether or not Hartlage could have had a chance at advancing beyond the Sweet Sixteen is tough to prognosticate. Either way, Lauren put up a good fight and it's always exciting to see Louisville players get their chance to shine at higher levels of their sports.
I almost typed "former Louisville players" there, but it's important to remember that Hartlage doesn't fit that description just yet. The senior was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA's blanket spring waiver and elected to take it. Other things we'll see if she can take are back-to-back Edith Cummings Munson Awards. It was announced earlier this week that Hartlage earned the award, granted to a Division I women's golf upperclassman that is both a WGCA All-American Scholar and a WGCA All-American. If there is more than one athlete that meets the requirements, it is awarded based on GPA. Hartlage has a 3.909 GPA and has been an All-American Scholar all four years at UofL. Her All-American Honorable Mention this season made her eligible for the Munson Award, which awards $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning athlete's institution. We'll be looking for more good things out of Lauren as she gets set to take on her second senior year.
Track and Field / Cross Country Earn Academic Honors
Speaking of smart Cards, Academic honors were announced by the USTFCCCA (US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) [yeah, that's a mouth full] yesterday. For the sixteenth straight year, the women's team was awarded the team academic award with a 3.42 cumulative team GPA for last season. The men's team was also awarded this year. Individual honors were also announced. To be awarded, an athlete must carry a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be in the top 96 nationally of an individual event or in the top 48 collectively of a relay event. Eight Cards on the women's side picked up such an honor: Bailey Beery, Makenli Forrest, Alexis Gibbons, Halee Hudson, Gabriela Leon, Auriane Viola, Dorcas Wasike, and Aliyah Welter. Louisville's TFCC teams have been steadily putting out championship competitors and it is always good to see that the student-athletes are getting it done in the classroom as well.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
I was out last week but you can't get rid of me that easily (until next week when I'm taking another practice exam). This week we should have a full house which allows us to bring you even more joy and excitement about Louisville women's athletics. We'll talk about the above, the current standings of fall sports, the big donation announcement earlier this week, and have ourselves a quiz. We've got some internet issues today so we won't be able to have a live show this week, but be sure to check out the Cardinal Couple YouTube Channel at around 12:30 for the recording of the show. If you like it, be sure to share the episode with your friends!
Until next time, Go Cards!